That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

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Summary

That Kind of Mother was written by American author Rumaan Alam and was published in 2018.

Following the birth of her son Jacob, first-time mother and poet Rebecca Stone struggles with the challenges of motherhood. She is offered kindness and guidance from Priscilla Johnson, a black woman who works at the hospital where she gave birth. Rebecca and her husband, Christopher, ask Priscilla to leave the hospital and become their son’s full-time nanny. Rebecca and Priscilla love each other dearly and forge a strong friendship. With the support of Priscilla, Rebecca is able to continue with her writing.

Priscilla becomes pregnant but does not reveal who the child’s father is. When she dies in childbirth, Rebecca and Christopher adopt her son, Andrew. Priscilla’s daughter, Cheryl, and Cheryl's husband, Ian, now have a child of their own—a daughter named Ivy—and are happy for Rebecca and Christopher to raise Andrew. The two families regularly meet and the children play together.

When the two families get together to celebrate Christmas, there is a discussion about Andrew’s heritage and the relationship between the two families. Though they feel as though they are now...

(The entire section is 399 words.)